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Re: [Debconf-discuss] trouble uploading PDFs for Canada visa?

On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 08:03:48PM +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> On 03/04/17 17:12, Antonio Terceiro wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I am trying to upload the required documents in the Canadian visa 
> > process, but their application won't accept any PDF file saying it
> > is "not a valid PDF file". I double-checked every file and they
> > _are_ valid PDFs, I even tried creating a very simple PDF from
> > LibreOffice, but that was also rejected. So, something in their
> > system is broken.
> > 
> > Then, I tried the upload using Chromium instead of Firefox, and it 
> > worked. I'm not sure what exactly is broken, must be something 
> > javascript-related.
> > 
> > So, there you have it: if you also have issues with invalid PDF
> > files on Firefox and you are sure the PDFs are not invalid, you can
> > try using Chromium to do the uploads.
> > 
> On a previous visit to Canada, we observed similar issues.
> I think I actually tried multiple browsers and they all periodically
> didn't work at different times.
> Did they also try to make you fill out a PDF form that requires a
> non-free PDF reader?

Well, they didn't try, they did it. AFAICT the form require proprietary
PDF features (some type of javascript-like thing) that is not supported
by any of the free PDF readers.

I had to use Acrobat Reader installed via playonlinux.

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